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- Rise in Rabies Cases in Ontario Gives Added Incentive for Local Pet Owners to Vaccinate Their Animals at Upcoming Clinics -

Ensure your pets are protected from rabies by getting them vaccinated at low-cost rabies vaccination clinics set for later this month.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and local veterinarians are teaming up to provide Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Most clinics run Saturday, September 30, although there are two earlier clinics running on Sept. 23 and Sept. 28.

Statistics show there is added reason to get local pets vaccinated against rabies at these clinics. Over the past two years, Ontario has seen a more than 10-fold increase in the number of rabies cases. Last year, 288 cases of rabies were confirmed in the province, compared to only 24 cases in 2015. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ontario has recorded 88 rabies cases in 2017 through the end of July.

“With the rapid rise in rabies cases found in wildlife in certain parts of Ontario over the past two years, it’s even more important to get your pets vaccinated,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Rabies is fatal, so getting pets vaccinated is an important part of caring for animals and being a responsible pet owner. In this area, it’s also mandatory for pet owners to get their cats and dogs vaccinated for rabies.”

The Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics cost $30 per animal (cash only). No examination of the animal will take place at the clinic, and participating veterinarians ask that dogs be on leashes and cats in carriers.

For more information on the clinics or rabies prevention, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca.

For media inquiries, contact:

Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569 or 1-866-888-4577,

or Md Azad, Public Health Inspector, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, or 1-866-888-4577.

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